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I am retired. I have a bunch of .SAM files created in the 90's. Will LibreOffice allow me to access/open ami pro files?

asked 2020-06-17 16:17:46 +0200

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I have a bunch of .SAM files created in the 90's. Will LibreOffice allow me to access/open ami pro files? Any program I have won't work

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Of course, any contribution of interested parties in the field of support of external formats is welcome by the Document Liberation Project (one of TDF projects, used in LibreOffice and other FLOSS).

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-06-18 09:23:42 +0200 )edit

Just for fun, try replacing the .SAM extension with .lwp Lotus bought Ami Pro and turned it into Lotus Word Pro. They may have kept the format the same for the file and just changed the extension. A long shot, but might work.

AdmFubar gravatar imageAdmFubar ( 2020-06-18 18:45:17 +0200 )edit

Changing the file extention won't work. The file formats are different.

pmfrench gravatar imagepmfrench ( 2020-06-19 06:50:38 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-11-18 05:18:01 +0200

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updated 2020-11-18 05:19:32 +0200

You can install StarOffice 7. The word processor in it will open Ami Pro files... more or less correctly; all the text will be there, but the formatting seems slightly, or more, off.

You can go to: and download it. It works for me, and I run Win 10 on a very recent Intel chip.

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answered 2020-06-17 16:47:42 +0200

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It is likely that LibreOffice won't be able to read these files. Have your tested it yet? which is the simplest thing to do.

Other than that, you could search the web for legacy software repository or vintage sites and then download a copy. Of course, modern Windows OS'es will not support the application (I suppose it runs under Windows 3.x or earlier). The workaround may be to install a Linux partition on your computer and run the legacy app with Wine emulator, at least to export your data as text or CSV (for spreadsheet).

After this export, you can reload the unformatted data in LibreOffice or other current office suite.

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answered 2020-07-19 17:49:59 +0200

updated 2020-07-19 17:52:42 +0200

NYM.NYM (karma: 1)

I just joined and saw this post so want to help because I know other people will be looking at it too.

when I originally bought smart Suite 20 years ago right off the bat, I was thinking way way ahead in case I needed to do this, I decided to dabble with it and I just renamed a lot of my (copies of copies) lwp and bak sam to.txt.

I very well knew all of the text-based documents out there of which and lwp sam and bak are ALL just text based .

easy peasy you can do batches of them if you have a great free renamer.

:::::::important:::::::::: do not simply tack on the. Txt extension to the document extension need to REPLACE the extension with. Txt

open with notepad or viewer of your choice.

you will see all text and date and fonts you used. images are not there of course. disregard the programming areas.

have used it on winxp win7 win2000. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š nym.nym

Edited for spelling :0 :)

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You do know that LibreOffice will open .lwp files. Layout might not be much like the original but the text will be there

Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2020-07-20 12:34:54 +0200 )edit

Happy Monday Earnest and yes, I do know that.

There are many ways (sometimes) and no telling what people like to do to achieve the same goal :):) Of course this was 20 years ago. :):)

Jury is still partially out on if Libre will achieve my comfort I had with LWrite/Smartsuite for that long. Working at it tho. :)

NYM.NYM gravatar imageNYM.NYM ( 2020-07-20 15:35:30 +0200 )edit

answered 2020-06-19 01:34:50 +0200

LibreDoug gravatar image

I downloaded QuickViewPlus. It opened a 3 line .SAM file but then I discovered that my 3.5" floppies were all damaged so I don't need anymore help on this.. thanks all for the answers/help.

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Do not answer your own question unless it is a real answer. Use the comment option.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-06-19 08:33:31 +0200 )edit

I think that finding and sharing about the venerable QuickViewPlus (available and now apparently free) is a real answer and might be the only answer for some people wanting to open and recover their old documents. I up-ticked it. Cheers, Al

Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2020-07-20 00:29:52 +0200 )edit

answered 2020-06-18 07:23:10 +0200

pmfrench gravatar image

Lotus SmartSuite runs on WIndows 10 for me. It will open .sam files. If you want to update the files, Lotus SmartSuite will save as .lwp files which LibreOffice handles reasonably well.

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Once you have it open in WordPro it is best to save as .doc file, that way you will get better layout and images than .lwp in LibreOffice. Once that is done, you can open and save them as .odt and have some future-proofing.

Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2020-06-18 12:08:57 +0200 )edit
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